Coming soon to a theater near you…

Ten years ago, a Shaolin monk was hiking in the Himalayas when he happened upon a mother Yeti holding a band of hunters at bay. He leaped to her defense and together they chased the men off, but not before she was mortally wounded by their rifles. With the last of her once great strength, she led the young man to her cave, where he found her newborn cub, mewling and helpless. Fearing the poor creature would not survive without its mother, the monk took the cub back to the monastery, where it grew up among the brothers of the temple, learning their ways.

Ten years have passed. Now, always treading the thin line between the feral savagery of his heritage and the simple discipline of his training, he will seek out his mother’s killers and avenge her death.

He is Yuen-Di, Shaolin Yeti!

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~ by oberon the fool on April 30, 2009.

4 Responses to “Coming soon to a theater near you…”

  1. I’m very fond. VERY fond.

  2. I have pondered more on this. I think the opening chapter is “The Beast of Wu Dang”, in which a bit of misdirection is employed, and in which we meet said Beast, which is a gorilla that has been trained by the Wu Dang (a rival martial arts temple begun by a disgruntled former Shaolin disciple).

    Also, I know that Yuen Di’s quest will lead him back to his own people. Unfortunately, he never learned to speak Yeti, and they will not understand the handsigns he uses to communicate with his Shaolin brothers (he understands Chinese, but cannot render human speech with his bestial vocal apparatus- when he does vocalize, he sounds like a Wookiee).

    He will abandon his human accoutrement and live for a year or so in the wild, until he all but forgets human ways. Only then will he hear the voice of the wind in the trees, of the snow falling, of the moon’s passage through the sky… for the language of the Yeti is the voice of Nature itself. With this revelation, he will finally be accepted by his ancestors and learn about his culture and, more importantly, his mother.

    What he learns will, sadly, put the lie to his surrogate father’s story.

    When he returns from his long pilgrimage (which may include some other stuff), he will find the monk who raised him has become the master of the temple. He will demand the truth, and his sufi will reveal it: that there were never any hunters. In fact it was he, the monk, who killed Yuen-Di’s mother. It was self-defense, he stumbled too close to her cave and she was protecting her cub.

    Will Yuen-Di be able to forgive his master; his father? Will he ever find a place where he can truly feel he belongs? Will he abandon his human ways and return to the wild, or abandon his wild ways and return to the monastery to continue his training?

    Will he travel to the city to join a league of superheroes?

    I don’t know!

  3. I think it will turn out that the local hunters actually revere the Yeti (whom they rarely encounter) as omens of good fortune, and would never shoot at them.

    Maybe Yuen-Di thinks the hunters were British or American… I’m not sure how he’d travel to either of those countries though… I guess it’d depend on how “open” the world is to cryptozoological beasts wandering around in public.

  4. He would also be proficient in Light Foot Style. At 10 years old he already weighs 200+ lbs, so this was one of the first techniques the monks taught him, for the general safety of the other students, not to mention the architecture. Yuen Di is also skilled in the use of the guan dao and meteor hammer, his size and strength making him extremely formidable with both of these heavy weapons.

    Hmm… I wonder what the Beast of Wu Dang wields… maybe Yuen Di gets one of his weapons from it? How does that fight go down, I wonder…

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